Going to Milan soon but stuck for restaurant ideas? Here are my favourite places to stuff one’s face:
Aperitivo is an Italian tradition of having drinks while snacking with friends before dinner. It’s especially popular in Milan, which isn’t surprising since the aperitivo tradition originated in Northern Italy. Practically speaking aperitivo means that bars offer cocktails and unlimited food buffet for 5 to 15 euro’s (a.k.a. the best thing in the world). If you want an Italian drink (fair warning Milanese cocktails tend to be on the strong side) to match the food try an Aperol Spritz or a Negroni. Negroni is a bit too bitter for my taste but hey: when in Milan..
Not only does this bar offer a copious buffet of pasta dishes and cheeses, you can enjoy your food and drink with a view of the Arco Della Pace arch on the end of Parco Sempione.
Address: Corso Sempione 1, Milano, Italia
I Chiostri di San Barnaba
The buffet of this aperitivo is less extensive but the location makes up for it. This place is an old monastery transformed into an aperitivo/restaurant. Plus they have some really creative and tasty cocktails on their menu. When the weather is nice it gets really busy so booking in advance is advised.
Address: Via San Barnaba 48, Milano, Italia
This bar doesn’t have the cosiest interior but the food selection is really big. So if you are planning to make lots of visits to the buffet this is a good choice.
Address: Viale Bligny 21, Milano, Italia
This is probably the bar I went to the most for aperitivo. The fact that it was right across the street from my apartment certainly had a lot to do with that, but the food and drinks are definitely good too. The pasta dishes are quite greasy so you definitely won’t be able to have dinner after a visit to this place. For the extra thirsty ones out there: the cocktails come in xl sizes too.
Address: Via Cardinale Ascanio Sforza 41, Milano Italy
You might be able to tell from the name of the restaurant that they don’t exactly serve traditional Italian food here. T
he sushi and other Japanese dishes are delicious though. You’ll pay a bit more than in the ‘all you can eat’ sushi places you find a lot in Milan but it’s more than worth it!
Address: Corso di Porta Ticinese 6, Milano, Italia
This is a great place to savour some simple
but good Italian dishes on a budget. A two-course lunch is only 10 euro’s! Risotto Milanese (risotto with saffron) is a must try!
Address: Viale Bligny 19, Milano, Italia
This place has been around since 1888 and is still massively popular today. They sell panzerotti (deep fried dough filled with mozzarella, tomato or other typically Italian ingredients) and other bakery products. You’ll know you’re at the right place if you see a massive line outside. You don’t have to worry about waiting times though because they have a very efficient (especially for Italian norms) system.
Address: Via S. Radegonda 16, Milano, Italia
I hope this give some tasty inspiration for anyone planning a Milan city trip. Buon appetito!